The Ohio State Football Buckeyes made their Alumns very proud with their 44-28 Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame New Year’s Day, and several former Bucks in the NFL returned the favor on the final day of the 2015 regular season.
Terrell Pryor made his first catch as a wide receiver with the Cleveland Browns. Pryor hauled in a 42 yard pass from Austin Davis late in the second quarter to set up a field goal for the Browns. It was his only catch of the day as Cleveland lost to Pittsburgh 28-12.
In the same game, safety Will Allen had a big game back in the Buckeye State for the Steelers. He had 7 tackles and a sack. His Steeler teammate and fellow Buckeye Alum Ryan Shazier also had 7 combined tackles (4 assisted) and a half sack. Defensive lineman Cam Heyward had 1 tackle. The trio along with offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive back Doran Grant will be back in Ohio next week as the 6th seed in the AFC Wild Card at the Cincinnati Bengals.
Speaking of the Bengals, kicker Mike Nugent scored 6 points for Cincinnati in their 24-16 win over AFC North division rival Baltimore. Nugent made 3 extra points field goals and a 52 yard field goal.
Safety Kurt Coleman and wide receiver Ted Ginn Junior of the Carolina Panthers missed Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a foot and knee injury, respectively. Both are expected to return for the 15-1 Panthers first playoff game in the divisional round. Meanwhile, their Carolina teammate Corey “Philly” Brown caught 3 passes and 58 yards for the Panthers in their 38-10 win over the Buccaneers. The win clinched the number one seed for Carolina in the NFC playoffs.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins finished his strong season with 9 combined tackles for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 35-20 victory over the New York Giants. Jenkins finished the 2015 season with 100 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, one of them for a 99-yard touchdown.
Linebacker James Laurinaitis only made one tackle for the St. Louis Rams in their 16-19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The “Little Animal” made a combined 109 tackles (48 assisted) on the season, with a forced fumble, and an interception.
Several other OSU Alumns will be in the playoffs:
- Nate Ebner, defensive back for the New England Patriots.
- A.J. Hawk, linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Jeff Heurman, tight end and Bradley Roby, defensive back for the Denver Broncos.
- Center Corey Linsley of the Green Bay Packers.
- Andrew Norwell, offensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers